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RCS Band Program

A Band Program in Downtown Toronto

This full year (Fall and Winter Term) program begins in September with weekly sectional practice and band rehearsal. All band students receive 6  individual (one-on-one) lessons throughout the year, and have access to RCM online ear training. The bands perform in three concerts throughout the year, with the final performance taking place in beautiful Koerner Hall  at our annual Wide Open House event in Toronto .

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some of the frequently asked questions about our Band Program. If you have further questions, please contact our Student Services Representatives at [email protected]

  • How do I choose between Elementary Band and Intermediate Band?
    Students with 0-1 year of playing experience should join Elementary Band. Students with 2-3 years playing experience should join Intermediate Band. Most students who took band with us this year should proceed to Intermediate Band. 
  • My student is serious about his/her instrument and would like to get the most out of their experience at RCS. What do you recommend?
    We recommend BEPlus, our premium band program that includes 28 weekly lessons, band rehearsals, sectionals, theory classes, and exams.
  • Can students take lessons without taking band?
    We encourage students studying winds, brass, and percussion to take band if they are in Levels Prep through Level 4. When students enroll in the Band Program – it is a package – they may add on lessons if they desire to do so. We have two main options for add-on lessons: 14 weeks and 28 weeks. That said, students who opt not to take Band may still take individual lessons under our BEP Program.
  • How do I rent an instrument?

    Elementary Band

    The cost of instrument rental is included in the Elementary Band fees. Students who own their own instruments will be credited $100.

    Intermediate Band

    Students in Intermediate Band have the option of renting an instrument at the subsidized rate of $100 for the school year. Students who own their instruments will not receive a credit.

  • How do I choose an instrument?

    There are a few ways to figure out the right instrument (or instruments!) for you.

    • Talk to your school music teacher. They will probably have some good advice for you.
    • Attend Wide Open House. You'll have the chance to learn more about the instruments and ask questions of our Faculty.
    • Sign up for our Summer Band Camp. This one-week camp is a great introduction to both music and learning in an ensemble environment. 
    • Register for a trial lesson. Visit us in person at 273 Bloor Street West and talk to one of our Student Service Representatives. You can also contact us at [email protected] or at 416-408-2825.